- "Last year, you saved my life. And I don't mean from the guy who kidnapped me. I mean you... you saved my life. You gave me purpose."
- —Roy Harper after learning The Arrow's true identity.
"Tremors" is the twelfth episode of the second season of , and the thirty-fifth episode overall. It aired on January 29, 2014.
|Arrow offers to train Roy so he can learn to control his newfound super-strength. However, Roy is a rebellious student and refuses to listen unless Arrow reveals his true identity, which Oliver refuses to do. Meanwhile, the Bronze Tiger escapes from prison and steals Malcolm's earthquake machine to sell to the highest bidder. Oliver, Diggle and Felicity attempt to stop the transfer, but Roy gets in the way, putting everyone in danger. Laurel is disbarred and spirals out of control. Moira is thrilled when Walter asks her to dinner, but his reason surprises her. Thea encourages her mother to ask Walter to reconcile.|
The Arrow tries to teach Roy self-control, using the same technique that Shado taught him. Oliver mentions that he had to put an arrow in his friend's eye.
At the Queen mansion, Thea learns her mother is going out to dinner with Walter, much to her delight. Moira meets Walter and learns that he is not alone but with a man named Mark Francis. Francis explains that they believe that Sebastian is going to destroy the banks with his campaign. Moira then realizes that they want her to run for mayor.
Quentin visits Laurel, who insists she is fine, excited for an upcoming job interview with Joanna. Quentin admits he misses his daughter, and asks her to have dinner with him, which she eventually agrees to.
Oliver is working out in the Arrowcave when Felicity reveals that Bronze Tiger has broken out, something she learned through hacking Iron Heights Prison's records.
Oliver tries to get Roy to focus and Roy suggests going with him.
Laurel learns her father wants her to come with him to an AA meeting and gets upset. She storms off despite Quentin's pleas.
Oliver then invites Roy to come along with him. They head to Malcolm Merlyn's home and Roy notes that Oliver knows his way around, including when they hear a noise coming from the basement garage. As they get to the prototype, Turner spots the Arrow and his new sidekick. As Oliver deals with Turner, Roy takes care of the driver. However he loses it and Turner manages to escape with the device.
Oliver returns to the Arrow cave and fills in Diggle and Felicity on what was stolen. Oliver tells them that he had lost Slade and how he wanted to reach Roy.The Arrow tracks down the device and is forced to reveal his identity to Roy in order to get his help in destroying the device.
Roy heads to Verdant and tells Thea that she needs to leave town. He won't give her a reason and accidentally grabs her tightly. Roy then rushes off, leaving Thea confused.
Laurel heads to see Joanna at her new law firm, Wethersby & Stone LLP. However, Joanna reveals that Laurel is facing disbarment because of her substance abuse. Despite Joanna's encouragement that they can fight it, Laurel leaves.
Moira and Walter meet again and learns that Walter polled to see if Moira could win the election. Thea walks in and learns that Walter is trying to convince her mother to run for Mayor. Thea says that it isn't crazy.
Roy tells Oliver that he told Thea. Roy then gets upset and they begin to fight. Roy then pushes Oliver and vows to stop Turner.
Oliver meets up with Diggle and Felicity in the Arrowcave and learns that Felicity is still checking for the fingerprint. Diggle tells him that some people are just broken but Oliver disagrees, believing Roy can still be saved. Thea then calls Oliver, informing him that Laurel is getting drunk at the club. The team takes a look at the cameras and Oliver heads upstairs to talk to Laurel. In a daze, Laurel brushes off Thea's advice for her to go home and reveals she is being disbarred. Oliver finds that Felicity has come upstairs with information. He takes Laurel's car keys while Thea gets her a cab.
Turner receives the money from the man and learns that Markovia is the buyer. Oliver shoots at the men and Turner sneaks up on Oliver. Roy shows up and knocks Turner off of Oliver. The man sets off the device and Roy freaks on the man. Oliver chose to reveal himself to Roy and asks him for help turning off the bomb. Roy punches into the crate and Oliver throws in an arrow. Roy thanks him for saving him the year before: for giving him a purpose. They then shake and Oliver declares they are just getting started. Oliver then headed back to Verdant and got patched up by Felicity as he fills in Felicity and Diggle on telling Roy.
Moira agrees to run for mayor against Sebastian, despite wanting Thea's paternity to not come out.
Amanda Waller propositions Turner to commute his sentence in exchange for him joining a "squad" she is forming.
Oliver introduces Roy to Felicity and Diggle in the Arrowcave, who welcome him into Team Arrow.
Laurel arrives home drunk and suddenly passes out. She sees Sara before her eyes close.
In flashbacks, Oliver struggles with the guilt of letting Shado die and tries to stop Slade from destroying Ivo's freighter with Edward Fyers' missile launcher. Oliver begins to try talking Slade out of killing the ship. Oliver mentions his son and claims Shado loved him but in a different way. Slade then begins to shake and Oliver grabs the gun. "What is happening to me?" Slade wonders. Oliver then mentions taking the freighter.
- Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/The Arrow
- Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance
- David Ramsey as John Diggle
- Willa Holland as Thea Queen
- Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak
- Colton Haynes as Roy Harper
- Manu Bennett as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke
- Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen
- Paul Blackthorne as Officer Quentin Lance
Special guest star
- Caity Lotz as Sara Lance
- Colin Salmon as Walter Steele
- Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Amanda Waller
- Annie Ilonzeh as Joanna de la Vega
- Nicholas Lea as Mark Francis
- James Kidnie as Milo Armitage
- Woody Jeffreys as Prison Guard
- Darcy Laurie as Bo Travis
- Shaker Paleja as Middle Eastern Man
- James Ralph as Bodyguard #1
- Nathan Witte as Uniform Cop
- When Amanda Waller visits Bronze Tiger to propose that he join her, she makes reference to a "squad". This is a reference to the the Suicide Squad, which Bronze Tiger was a member of in the comics. The Suicide Squad is a team of supervillains who complete high-risk missions for the US government in exchange for reduced sentences.
- The Suicide Squad would first appear later in the season in the episode "".
- Roy wearing a red hood in this episode foreshadows him becoming Arsenal in Season 3.
- When Felicity says "I'm not trying to Monday morning quarterback here, its Wednesday," this could be considered a fourth wall joke, since Arrow airs on Wednesday nights.
- When Oliver and Roy jump to the ground as the storage container explodes, the corner of the mat the actors jumped onto in order to avoid injury comes into frame from Colton Haynes hitting it.
Preparation ran from November 5 until November 14, 2013. Shooting ran from November 15 until November 26, 2013.
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